Your Candidates for Berkeley Heights Township Council
Julie Figlar has been making a difference in the lives of Berkeley Heights children for nearly 20 years, as a teacher and Reading Specialist at Mary Kay McMillan School. Julie served on the PTO at Hughes Elementary and Mary Kay, McMillin Early Childhood Center, and has been an active volunteer parent with the Girl Scouts and various recreation sports. An award-winning educator, Julie is a recipient of New Jersey Best Practice Award and a New Jersey Department of Developmental Disabilities Fellowship Award. Julie earned her M.Ed. in Reading and Literacy from Boston College and her B.S. in Elementary Education from St. Bonaventure University, and has continued earning credit hours from Kean University and The College of New Jersey. She is active in her husband Jason’s building and development company, and together they are raising their three daughters, Claudia (age 4), Carly (age 8), and Addy (age 10).
Rina Franchino has lived in Berkeley Heights for almost 30 years, and graduated from our public schools including Governor Livingston High School. Looking to give back to her hometown, Rina ran for Township Council in 2015 and came within 100 votes of winning a seat. A highly accomplished English teacher in the Rahway Public School district for 17 years, Rina received her M.A. in Teaching from St. Mary’s University, her B.A. in English from Kean University, and is a certified special education teacher as well. She serves on the Diversity Council for Kean University, the Executive Council for the Rahway Education Association, and negotiates contracts for her building as a Building Representative. Rina and her husband Frank, another longtime Berkeley Heights resident and GL graduate, have 2 children: Leo (age 5) and Ava (age 11), both of whom attend Berkeley Heights public schools.